• A review of Chapter 1 of Born in the USA by Marsden Wagner, MD1

    By guest reviewer Colby Denson, RN Physician’s 2006 book advocates using midwives instead of obstetricians–in part by portraying Labor & Delivery nurses as ignorant servants I am an obstetrics (OB) nurse so I like to keep informed on issues facing my patients and colleagues. But I could barely get through the first chapter of Born in

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  • “Respect the nurses”0

    On Grey’s Anatomy, surgeons are still gods and nurses are still low-skilled lackeys. But that didn’t stop one surgeon character from delivering a mind-boggling speech declaring that a key rule for successful surgeons is to listen to and respect nurses.

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  • Sticks and rides may break my bones0

    St. Vincent plays the naughty nurse Alt-rock icon St. Vincent puts the naughty nurse first in a series of sexual role-playing images in the song “Savior” from her acclaimed recent album MASSEDUCTION. The song may not do enough to reject that specific image. But it does seem to reject women’s confinement to stereotypical roles and

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  • We are the gap0

    Lifetime docudrama Life Flight is a mixed message for nursing The March 2015 docudrama Life Flight: Trauma Center Houston has helpful information about what nurses do for patients, although it spends a lot of time on the nurses’ personal lives and general thoughts March 2015 – This month the U.S. cable channel Lifetime aired a

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  • How many angels can detect subtle signs of respiratory distress?0

    Chicago Tribune item highlights nurse’s great save but reinforces angel stereotype A piece about a Chicago nurse’s astute and quick action to address a baby’s respiratory distress highlights a key nursing role. But the item also reinforces the damaging stereotype that nurses are virtuous, low-skilled “angels.” And it reveals, in its account of how hard

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  • Until a nurse0

    J&J could have done more to convey nursing expertise. Still, these are arguably the best mass-market ads in the history of J&J’s campaign. We thank those responsible.

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